There are several reasons why international students from all over the world choose this country to study.
China has some top-ranked universities
Over the past decade, Chinese universities have taken well-deserved places at the international university rankings. Two prestigious rankings, THE World University Ranking and QS World University Rankings, put six Chinese universities in the first hundred, with two of them in the first 20. At the same time, Chinese universities keep rising in the rankings, with more and more schools entering the top league. This trend will likely continue, thanks to efforts of the universities and the Chinese government aiming to attract foreign students to study. Therefore, if you want a degree that will only grow in value, China is the place to go.
The top schools in China, according to THE and QS Rankings:
Tsinghua University offers great engineering and computer science programs, amid plenty of others.
Peking University is a leading university for scientific research and teaching.
Fudan University is renowned both at home and abroad for its highly rated arts, sciences, and medicine disciplines.
Zhejiang University prides itself on a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University offers programs covering economics, law, literature, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management, and arts.
University of Science and Technology of China is a prominent university in China, enjoying an excellent reputation worldwide.
Chinese degrees are recognized around the world
Most nations acknowledge the academic credentials given by Chinese universities. The Chinese government has signed Mutual Recognition agreements with a number of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, India, and over 60 other countries and territories.
Chinese government offers scholarships
Looking to attract more foreign students and researchers into the country, the Chinese government has set up a series of Chinese Government Scholarship programs.
Those programs include full or partial scholarships for students from certain countries (EU countries, Pacific countries, etc.), those wishing to study certain disciplines (for example, a scholarship to study meteorology), and generally for outstanding students. More than a third of international students are awarded a scholarship every year.
The amount of scholarship money depends on the program, field of study, and level of education (undergraduate, graduate, etc.). A full scholarship covers tuition, accommodation, stipend, medical insurance. It ranges from CNY 59,200 (around EUR 7,775) per year for undergraduate students to CNY 99,800 (around EUR 13,107) for doctoral students. A partial scholarship covers one or several items provided by a full scholarship.
A total of 252 Chinese universities are designated to accept Chinese Government Scholarship students. The application season is between January and early April.
In China, education is affordable
Education in China is, generally, cheaper than education in the U.S., Western Europe, Japan, or South Korea, especially considering high international recognition of Chinese schools.
First of all, even though the tuition fees in China heavily depend on a program or a university, they are usually lower than tuition fees at the universities in typical “study abroad” destinations, starting from around EUR 2,000 per year. One of the best technical Chinese universities, 16th by THE World University Ranking, Tsinghua University is considered a ‘pricey’ option, offering Master’s degrees for up to EUR 5,000 per year. Of course, professional programs such as MBA cost much more than that, reaching over EUR 40,000 per year.
As regards living expenses, Beijing and Shanghai are the most expensive cities in the country to live in. The housing can be expensive, but there are some affordable options, such as Student residence halls, an accommodation option provided by the universities. The food, clothing and transport costs are much lower than in many European or American capitals. Experts estimate that, depending on your lifestyle, you would need around EUR 1000 per month in these cities, including accommodation.
China is rich in culture and history
Studying in any country gives a unique experience: you explore a country on a much deeper level than during a few days tourist trip. As a student, in China you will have enormous possibilities to travel, do sightseeing, go to museums and restaurants; this is the kind of country that you will never become bored exploring.
During your studies, you will be surrounded by ancient temples, palaces, and traditional architecture that coexist with modern technological marvels. The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, The Terracotta Army are just a few examples of great man-made creations located in this country. The world's most renowned places and landmarks such as Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Hukou Falls of Yellow River, Yangtze River, and many others are situated in China, too. Do not forget the marvel of Chinese food – all those dumplings, rice, and wontons, different in every province, as well as all different kinds of Chinese art and design.
China prepares students for the global workplace
Living, working, and studying in China will give you a unique perspective to bring to your future workplace. You will immediately set yourself apart from other applicants.
Your experience of overcoming cultural or linguistic obstacles and addressing a variety of problems living in China will help you to stand out in job interviews and prove to your future employer that you are able to work in an international environment.
In China, you will have an opportunity to learn one of the most widely spoken languages in the world
Mandarin is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, and knowing it may help you advance in your career. Being able to communicate in this language will make you a highly desirable professional whether you plan to work in China, join an international firm with Chinese relationships and market expertise, or work in non-profit organizations.
Living in China is safe
According to China's Director of Public Order, Li Jingsheng, China is "one of the safest countries in the world." From 2012 to 2017, the government reported an 81.3% drop in gun crimes. According to the crime statistic, the murder rate is four times lower than in the United States, violent crimes are 18 times lower than in the United States, and burglaries are 8 times lower than in the United States.